Gol sees potential for Delta codeshare growth

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Brazilian low-cost carrier expects to expand its international codeshare partnership with Delta Air Lines down the road, as it says it has been "very satisfied" with the deal so far.

"It does bring money to the table," Gol's chief financial officer Edmar Lopes says today in a call to discuss the airline's September performance.

Gol and Delta implemented an expanded codeshare agreement from May. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) had approved a request by the two airlines for an expanded codeshare, covering Delta's flights between Brazil and the USA, within the USA and to third countries beyond the USA. The deal also covered Gol's flights between Brazil and the USA.

Lopes says the airline sees an "increase down the road" when it comes to codesharing with Delta, adding that this will depend on several factors such as the macroeconomic environment and the airline's competitors.

The carrier is also taking a cautious approach towards expanding its international operations. "We've been telling the market we will go step by step," says Lopes.

Gol launched flights to Santo Domingo, Miami and Orlando in end-2012, adding its first flights outside Latin America.